Although PV technology has been around for over 40 years, solar cells remain only 30% efficient. This means they only convert one-third of the energy harnessed from the sun into usable electricity.
However, this may be about to change soon…
Cells in solar modules are currently made of silicon, but there is a new material on the horizon. Perovskite is a photosensitive crystal with a theoretical maximum efficiency of over 65% — more than double that of silicon! Perovskite is also substantially cheaper than silicon and has a staggering potential to transform the solar industry.
Another brilliant innovation offering multiple solutions is ‘floatovoltaics’, cleverly combining the words ‘floating’ and ‘photovoltaics’. Floatovoltaics are solar panels installed on bodies of water — generally man-made reservoirs. It is an inventive way to make use of otherwise ‘dead’ space while simultaneously maximizing panel performance.
The cooling effect of the water increases efficiency and output of the PV system, and the overlay of the panels stops the water from evaporating, thereby maintaining valuable supplies. What’s more, having panels atop reservoirs prevents toxic algae blooms which can cause sickness in both humans and animals from drinking the water.
These technologies are well within reach, and Orbic predicts they will be become part of the PV the industry over the next decade.
Solar solutions for South Africa
While Orbic is excited about these technologies and the benefits they will bring to the renewable energy sector, Orbic Solar currently offers PV setups that utilize some of the latest optimized solution thanks to the expert pairing of various solar products.
To find out how you can benefit without waiting to long, contact us to setup a site inspection meeting and a free budget quote.
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